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Green light for Woolwich Crossrail station


A NEW Crossrail station at Woolwich will be built if the scheme gets the go ahead after developers struck a funding deal with central government, the local council and Crossrail backers.

Local MP Nick Raynsford, who fought to have a Woolwich station added to the Crossrail Bill (NCE 18 January) said, 'An agreement has been reached between the Department for Transport, Berkeley Homes and Greenwich Council.' The DfT turned down the Crossrail bill select committee's suggestion for a station at Woolwich back in October (NCE 2 November 2006). This triggered a row between the two and prompted Raynsford to propose an alternative plan to get the station built by private firms.

Berkeley Homes urban regeneration project director John Anderson confi med the news.

He said that assuming funding for Crossrail is secured, Berkeley Homes would finance the station box, as part of a vast redevelopment in Woolwich. 'It will have internal dimensions 291m by 23.5m wide and 17m deep.

'The fit -out of the box will come at no cost to the public purse, ' he said.

The station redevelopment will also include 2,500 new homes and 25,000m 3 of commercial space.

Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander is expected to announce the addition of Woolwich to the Crossrail Bill today (Thursday).

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